Grateful for Sunshine and Sunflowers

After a season of cold weather and snow like we haven’t had in at least a decade, it is time to enjoy sunshine and plan for the sunflowers. The weather has been teasing us with warmer days and more sunshine – very happy about this! To embrace the warmer days ahead, here’s some pictures of sun shiny days and sunflowers. Two good reasons to be grateful! 🙂

Gratitude = happiness. May you find both.

Have a wonderful day!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

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Back Yard Photographer – Sunflowers, Sunshine and Warmth

A Kiss of Sunlight

We’ve been having some snowy cold days here in the middle of the U.S. So many days in a row now that a hint of the sun peeking through the clouds brings about a feeling of warmth. Remembering the days when my daughter and I would go for a drive and find a place where we hadn’t been before so I could take some pictures. Some of those days were more hot than warm, but always a good time. Also thinking about the days when I would walk around the lake, with my camera in hand, enjoying the gentle breeze as I took pictures of the landscape or butterflies or different birds. Ahhh… those nice warm days.

Needing some reminders of the warmer days, I went through my photos from last year of flowers and flowering weeds. These were some nice memories of warmer (and sometimes much hotter) days. If you are having day after day of cold and clouds, maybe these flowers will make your days a feel a bit warmer too.

First Buds of Spring
Pretty in Pink
Standing tall
Hundreds of wishes to blow in the wind
Uniquely One

Until I can get back outdoors to take more photos, I am content to spend my evenings on the couch, with a blanket on as I write or edit photos or read but mostly, spending time on social media or watching some TV (British comedies are a favorite to watch) or playing solitaire on my laptop, each of these with my cat cuddled up next to me. Not really a bad way to spend time on a cold night. 🙂

However you are spending your time, I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos.

Thank you for stopping by!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

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Backyard Photographer – Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Finally a sunny day in a winter that seems to be never ending! We decided to take advantage of the sunshine and go to one of the nearby walking trails for a brief walk. The breeze was cooler than I had expected and there were icy patches we had to maneuver around. Even with the ice and the cool breeze we had a good walk.

We went out onto one of the fishing docks, to get a better view of the lake. We were not the only ones who had decided to spend some time in the great outdoors. However, it was not the sunshine or the hope that Spring would soon be here that brought the others out. It was the ice. And the fish under the ice. They must have a great love for their sport to endure the cold and worse cold than today. I usually keep my photography to animals and landscapes, but today I was caught by the serenity and yet fellowship of ice fishing.

Here’s a few of the pictures I took.

If I were to ice fish (forget about my huge fear of the ice giving away under me), I would want something to break the cold wind. This might work. 🙂

Here’s a group having fun on a Sunday afternoon.

Friends gathering

A man, a chair and some peace.

Best day…

For some the ice, snow and cold are sour like lemons and for others these same conditions are as refreshing as a glass of lemonade on a hot Summer day. Me, personally, I will take the hot Summer day! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my photos! Feel free to comment – I would love to hear from you!

All photos are originals by Kim Stites